Golfer Keech adds Faldo series win to 2011 tally

PUBLISHED: 12:51 01 June 2011

Lyme golfer Sophie Keech wins the Nick Faldo competition.

Lyme golfer Sophie Keech wins the Nick Faldo competition.


Sophie Keech continued her remarkable start to the 2011 golf season after winning The Faldo Series at The Royal Ashdown Golf Course in West Sussex.

The victory qualifies her for a place in the grand final to be held at the exclusive Lough Erne Golf Resort in Northern Ireland.

Sophie carded rounds of 76 and 78 to win by two shots on a challenging Royal Ashdown course.

Although there were no bunkers, the fairways were surrounded by heather. There are two categories in the competition, U21s and an U16s section, which Sophie won.

There were 16 other qualifiers spread across the UK, Europe and South America and the winners of each heat meet up in the final at Lough Erne in September later this year. The Lough Erne Golf Course was designed by Sir Nick Faldo and is the home course to young golf star Rory McIlroy.

Her mother Lisa said: “Sophie is on such an amazing roll, there is no stopping her at the moment. She never ceases to amaze us these days, especially for her age.”

Sophie followed up in The 36-hole Frilford Heath Scratch Cup, against over 40 top players.

This was a practice round for Sophie, to gain experience, as there were lots of plus handicappers.

Sophie, who now is off 2, played five over par on the first round on the Red course, then hit a one under par best score in the afternoon on the blue course.

Sophie was runner up and was delighted as this was her first time she had played in this competition with such a select field of golfers.

She then headed back to Millfield School as she had been nominated for a sports award, for absolute performance, framed by appropriate behaviour, recognising achievement within Millfield Sport, external representation and decorum.

Sophie was short-listed down to the last three in the whole school, which was an honour for her to nominated in such a high class sport school.

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